When Chef David Pasternack is not in the kitchen at ESCA – his seafood mecca in New York City – he can almost always be found fishing. In 2005, The New Yorker identified Dave’s strength as “knowing when something needs a little something.” Indeed, Dave respects the nuances of fish cookery and embraces its subtleties. The man whom The New York Times called the “fish whisperer” scours the globe in search of the best seafood.
A 2004 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Award Winner, Dave has been known to bring his own morning catch into the restaurant for service. A chef of the highest integrity, his approach to food is deceptively complex in its simplicity. Dave’s cookbook, The Young Man & The Sea is a testament to this philosophy with many of the recipes consisting of only three or four ingredients. David has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue, Gourmet, Esquire, The New York Times, GQ and many other publications. He has also appeared on NBC’s “Today,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations,” “Iron Chef” and numerous others. David launched Catch of the Day, a Long Island-themed seafood stand at the New York Mets’ stadium, Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, NYC.